Wk 7 RNK 2023 Hidden Valley @ Cave Spring

Wk 7 RNK 2023 Hidden Valley @ Cave Spring 752 1294 SWVA High School Sports

Cave Spring outpaces Hidden Valley 43-7 at Bogle Field on a soggy night

Bogle Field, Roanoke, VA – The Cave Spring Knights beat their closest rival 43-7 on a rainy Friday night at Bogle Field. Both teams share the same field, but it was Cave’s turn to be the home team and they played like it.

An early ‘face paint’ infraction delayed the kickoff for about ten minutes as 6 or 7 players were asked to clean the paint off their faces. A rule change says players can only have eye black under their eyes. Once that was sorted out, the Titans started off with back to back high snap/fumbles resulting in a Knight’s safety.

Cave took advantage of the ensuing kick with a 20-yard TD run by RB 28 Steffen Jackson. The PAT was no good and quickly Cave led 8-0. It didn’t get any better for the Titans on their next drive, as DL 58 Rhett Womack got a sack and eventually Hidden Valley had to kick it away.

Knight Sophomore QB 6 Garrett Lonker found his favorite target, WR/LB 20 Owen Sweeney on a 60-yard catch and run to put the Knights up 15-0 through one quarter. Cave would add to their lead on a 22-yard TD run by TE/LB 9 Kent Ray and a ‘pick 6’ interception by Junior DB 7 Briggs Smithson.

RB/WR/DB 15 Mo Tolliver capped off the first half scoring for the Knights with a 15-yard jaunt to pay dirt making it 36-0 at the break. In the second half Tolliver added a 44-yard TD run on the Knights second drive of the third quarter pushing their lead to 43-0 Cave.

Hidden Valley finally got on the scoreboard when DB 3 Jackson Getz picked off the Knights and took it back for the TD. Cave moves on to play Patrick Henry next week, while Hidden Valley will entertain Christiansburg at home. – Dylan James

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